Kevin Swain; 7 June, 2008; In the UK...
On the 18th of May this year I flew from London Stansted to Perugia Italy with an tall and distuinguished elderly American gentleman who told me he was from the 57th and was returning to Italy. He was particularly keen to get back to Bastia, where he said he had been based.
"Thank you.Without the courage and sacrifice of you and your colleagues, I
would not be a free man." God Bless, Kevin Swain
7 June, 2008 Barbara Connolly to Dominique Taddei; Dominique, this would be a great link, do you know of a visitor to Bastia the week of 18th May ? I was hoping it might have had something to do with your Veteran visitors ? Thanks, Barbara
"Courage is not the lack of fear, it is being afraid and saddling up anyway." John Wayne
7 June, 2008 Hi Kevin, I am part of the 57th Bomb Wing (Volunteer) research team, I have sent out some personal notes, is there a chance you remember ANYTHING of your conversation ? Absolutely anything will help.
8 June, 2008; Hi Barbara
as i told to Victor Hancock, the week of the 18th of May, three former 57th Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt pilots went to Corsica, James Hare "Rabbit", Dave Hutton and Harold Mc Donnell. At the same time, Bob Barefoot went to Corsica too. He was a B-25 pilot in the 428th BS 310th BG at Ghisonaccia. His daughter Susan Smith was with him. I wrote an email to Kevin Swain. Dominique
9 June, 2008; Hi, Barbi.
What can I remember, it was a 2 minute converstion in a check in queue. He said "last time I was in Italy,we were bombing people". He talked about wanting to go back to Bastia, and how to get there from Rome. He was staying in Perugia and then Rome. He must have some link with you as he talked about reunions, and "The guy over here who knows more about the 57th than us old guys"
Although I work in show business, and work with some famous people, I am
always tongue-tied and star struck when I meet these people.
He was quietly spoken, charming,tall and slightly stooped. He reminded me
of James Stewart. And he called me Sir. That's all I can remember. All the Best Kevin Swain
Dec. 2008; Hi, Barbi. Yes I found my tall quiet man, Bob Barefoot...... he sent me a message via his daughter a few days before Christmas. Unfortunately, the message was deleted before I could reply. Could you send me Robert Barefoot's contact details again. I know the address was Pasadena,but that is all I can remember. Thanks, Kevin Swain
3 Jan. 2009; Hello to Bob's daughter Susan, ... then to Kevin, the neat guy from the UK who has been looking for his "Tall, Quiet Man" and Dominique, (Dominique Taddei is our Corsican Researcher and Aurthor of the "USS Corsica")
I am Barbi and I am a 57th BW Researcher, I am also the Historian for 319th and 321st Bomb Groups.
Susan, I helped Kevin to find your Dad, (but I am not the one who actually FOUND him) and he was just mortified when your email to him was lost. So, with the help of Dominique and other's in the Wing, we "found" Bob again, and I am priviledged to re-uniting you . . . and I have placed an Album in the 57th BW Gallery for Bob... however, I need your help, please. For his Album I now am hoping for more photo's, the men and his ships? I will greatly appreciate any info you have. *****57thBW Bob Barefoot Album***** http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=515
God Bless you all, and I am anxious to hear back for you :) Blessings, Barbi
5 Jan. 2009; Dear Barbara: I have just returned from Christmas / New Year Holiday and need to catch up on a ton of paperwork. However, I wanted to briefly let you know that I received you message and I have made a copy for Dad (Bob Barefoot) and he will try to provide the information to you. As Dad does not have an email address at this time, would you be so kind as to supply your mailing address. That way he can forward information to you somewhat faster. Thanks, Susan Smith
6 Jan.2009; Hi Susan, Thanks for taking the time for a note, We are truly blessed to have been raised by the "Greatest Generation". Blessings, Barbi
Today is 17 July, 2012, Bob passed on 9 July, 2012.... the "Tall, Quiet man has Gone-Home" I will email Kevin for the "Rest of the Story" Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com